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Nathan Sykes, Formerly of The Wanted, Goes Solo

Eva Pentel for Hunger TVNathan Sykes, formerly of the British boy band The Wanted, is officially launching his solo career.

The 21-year-old spoke about his new musical direction in an interview with U.K. fashion publication Hunger TV. “From being one fifth of a group to being a soloist, there is always the chance to surprise people as they are only now seeing 100% of me for the first time,” Nathan says.  “It’s like a second, first impression and whereas I don’t necessarily think it’s important to change people’s perceptions, I do think it’s exciting that people won’t just see me as ‘the young one in The Wanted’ and can have the freedom to judge me as an individual and not just ‘that bloke from that band.’”

Nathan reveals that his debut album will arrive later this year and the first single will be released this spring. He also confirms collaborations with hitmakers Harmony Samuels, Babyface and Diane Warren.

“Working with Diane Warren and Babyface were two of the most surreal days of my life,” he said. “There is never a dull moment with Diane and she is one of my favorite people on the planet and the session with Babyface produced probably the most honest and emotional song I’ve ever written.”

The Wanted scored hits with songs like “Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun,” and even starred in an E! reality show together called The Wanted Life. During the height of their fame, Nathan dated Ariana Grande, but the two called it quits in 2013. The Wanted decided to take a hiatus in January of last year in order to pursue solo endeavors. They did not rule out reuniting in the future.

Nathan’s the first member of the group to strike out on his own. The other members -- Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness  and Tom Parker -- have yet to announce solo plans.

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Miley Says She Thought Grammy Nod Was a "Joke"; Is Working on New Album

ABC/Lou RoccoDespite the success of her album Bangerz, Miley Cyrus was totally shocked when she found out she was nominated for a Grammy.

“I thought it was a joke,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “My friend was in my room and said, 'Hey! You just got nominated for a Grammy,' and I was like, ‘You're kidding… there’s no way.’ I Googled and I was like, 'Oh yeah! I am, I actually am!'”

She doesn’t put much stock in winning, though. “I'm pretty mellow with that kind of stuff,” she said. “I'm not a pessimist but I'm just saying I won't be crying myself to sleep if I don't win a Grammy. You know?”

The 22-year-old is likely too preoccupied working on a follow-up to Bangerz. She told ET she’s in the studio every single day. She wants to get new material out as soon as possible, but it’s been tougher than she expected. “Just when I think I have my record done, something new happens where I want to write about it,” Miley said. “I just, I don't know what I want to go out there.”

The “Wrecking Ball” singer is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys this year.

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Imagine Dragons to Perform In-Flight Concert

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons will be giving flight to their new album. The band has teamed up Southwest Airlines for the Destination Dragons promotion, which gives fans a chance to win tickets to intimate club dates with Imagine Dragons and to "Live at 35" -- a special in-flight performance taking place at 35,000 feet during a flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, Georgia.

Beginning February 3, fans can enter to win a grand prize package including travel to Las Vegas to attend the Imagine Dragons show on February 23, prime seating on the "Live at 35" flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, VIP tickets to the Atlanta show on February 25, plus a meet-and-greet with the band. The promo will run through February 16 via

"We can think of no better way to unveil our new album than to travel together with our fans at 35,000 feet, and to play in the same clubs where we started this journey," says Imagine Dragons in a statement.

Additional club shows will occur February 20 in Los Angeles  and February 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Imagine Dragons' new album, Smoke Mirrors, will be released on February 17.

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Jason Mraz Announces Additional Dates for YES! World Tour

Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz has added more dates to his ongoing YES! world tour. The new dates kick off March 9 in Ames, Iowa and continue with shows throughout the month in Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.

The run of intimate U.S. shows will be followed by two special concerts in Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong, China.

As previously announced, Jason will make stops next month in England, The Netherlands, Scotland, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and South Africa. The singer/songwriter began his YES! tour in 2014 with the intent of performing at smaller venues across the globe. He’s expected to announce even more dates soon.

The fan pre-sale for the new string of U.S. shows begins February 3. Here are the dates for February and March:

2/4 -- Plymouth, ENG, Plymouth Pavilions
2/6 -- Amsterdam, NL, Ziggo Dome
2/8 -- London, ENG, Eventim Apollo
2/11 -- Glasgow, SCO, Royal Concert Hall
2/14 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall (SOLD OUT)
2/15 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theatre (SOLD OUT)
2/16 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
2/18 -- Miami, FL, Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
2/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theatre at the Times-Union Center
2/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
2/22 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
2/26 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
2/27 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
3/1 -- Cape Town, SA, Grand Arena at Grandwest
3/9 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
3/10 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
3/12 -- Denver, CO,  Bellco Theatre
3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall
3/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3/15 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
3/17 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
3/21 -- Bangkok, TH, Impact Arena
3/27 -- Hong Kong, CH, Asia World Expo Arena

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Phillip Phillips Files Lawsuit Against "American Idol" Producer 19 Entertainment Over "Oppressive" Contract

Nick WalkerIn a move that could have far-reaching implications for past, present and future American Idol contestants, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has filed a major lawsuit against show producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies, claiming he was “manipulated” into accepting jobs since winning the competition series.

Phillip filed his petition with the California Labor Commissioner on January 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His post-Idol allegations include being forced to perform for free to promote JetBlue, one of American Idol’s sponsors. He also claimed he didn't even know the title of his last album before it was announced publicly. Phillip’s lawyer described the singer's agreements with 19 as “oppressive, fatally conflicted.” The 24-year-old is seeking to void all contracts with the production company.

"I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol," Phillip said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.  I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans."

At the heart of the lawsuit is the Talent Agencies Act, a California law that states only licensed talent agents can procure employment for clients. Phillip is hoping to show that 19 Entertainment violated the TAA by lining up gigs for him, despite not being a licensed talent agent.

Phillip's season 11 coronation song, “Home,” became the best-selling coronation song in the show’s history. His debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, was released in 2012, and his second album, Behind the Light, came out last spring.

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Adam Levine to Perform on the Academy Awards

The Weinstein CompanyAdam Levine isn't nominated for an Oscar, but he'll be performing at this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

Adam will sing the Oscar-nominated song "Lost Stars" on the telecast, which airs on ABC February 22 at 8 p.m ET with host Neil Patrick Harris.  Adam sang the song in the movie Begin Again, which cast him as a musician who dumps his girlfriend, played by Keira Knightley, after finding fame.  Keira's character is a singer/songwriter, who writes the song for Adam's character as a present, and then feels betrayed when he releases a "commercialized" version of it that she doesn't like.

In a statement, the Oscar show producers said, "Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We're thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year."

"Lost Stars" was written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, both of whom were in the '90s band New Radicals.  The song is competing against "Glory," from Selma, "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie, “Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights, and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell...I’ll Be Me.

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Alicia Keys Celebrates Birthday "House Party" Style

ABC/Lou RoccoAlicia Keys turned 34 years old on Sunday, and her husband Swizz Beatz turned the clock back 25 years for a birthday celebration with the cast of the 1990 flick, House Party.

“My husband surprised me with the craziest party ever!!!!!!." Keys wrote on Instagram." Str8 out of the movie house party!!! He brought the party to me!! Come on’!! You remember this." 

The movie’s stars Kid ‘N Play performed, and they were joined by their co-stars, Tisha Campbell and Adrienne-Joi Johnson.

“Worlds best Patna, husband, BFF and party planner!!!! ( 2nd to me shhhhh don’t tell him!!), "Alicia wrote in another Instagram post. Thank you soooo much my love @therealswizzz for loving me on a whole other stratosphere #mygreatestinspiration,”

"Happy Bday @Aliciakeys my Love. House party at The Dean Estate," Swizz commented on Instagram, "We did House Party 4 Real. Much love for the entire cast that came out." He posted a video leading the party in singing "Happy Birthday."

In tribute to the film’s sequel, House Party 2, the couple wore matching 8-ball pajamas.

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Sam Smith Gives Tom Petty Writing Credit on "Stay with Me," Says Similarities Were "Complete Coincidence"

Josh ShinnerIn a peaceful resolution to a copyright dispute, Sam Smith is sharing the songwriting credits on his Grammy-nominated song “Stay with Me” with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. While Sam and his team acknowledged the similarities between “Stay with Me” and Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down,” they say any likeness was a “complete coincidence.”


"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions," Sam’s rep told Rolling Stone Monday. "Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay with Me' listened to 'I Won’t Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."

Sam’s rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

Tom Petty's reps haven't yet commented. It’s unclear if he or Lynne will receive royalties from the song.

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Kelly Clarkson Confirms March 3 Release for New Album, "Piece by Piece"; Lyric Video Out Now

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson now has an official release date for her eagerly-awaited new album, Piece by Piece. The follow-up to Kelly's 2011 disc, Stronger, will arrive March 3.

While you're waiting, you can watch the new lyric video for Kelly's single, "Heartbeat Song," which is out now. The video reveals the words to the anthemic single against a backdrop of pulsating colors and lines on a heartbeat monitor.

In the chorus, Kelly sings, “This is my heartbeat song and I’m gonna play it/Been so long I forgot how to turn it/Up, up, up, up all night long/Oh up, up all night long."

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Katy Perry Lyrics Used to Promote Food Safety on Super Bowl Sunday

Ryan McGinleyIf you’re planning on ordering large amounts of takeout food during the Super Bowl this year, the USDA has a message for you -- with the help of some Katy Perry lyrics.

In a blog post titled “'Hot N Cold': A Katy Perry Guide for Food Safe Take-Out,” the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service uses the halftime show performer’s hit songs to help people avoid food poisoning on game day.

"When you hear your guests' stomachs 'ROAR,' it's time to order take-out," the post reads, referring to Katy’s hit song “Roar.” "Avoid having your guests calling the doctor for food poisoning by following these quick tips for food-safe take-out."

The USDA then uses the lyrics to “Hot N Cold” to remind consumers how to handle both hot and cold delivery orders. Hot foods, such as chicken wings and pizza, need to stay at an internal temperature at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above. While cold foods, like veggies and ranch dressing, need to be kept at or below an internal temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Katy will take the stage during Super Bowl 49’s halftime show on February 1 airing on CBS.

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Fall Out Boy Says They're Surprised "Centuries" Has Become a Sports Anthem

Credit: Pamela LittkyThe guys in Fall Out Boy aren't exactly jock types, so the fact that their latest hit, "Centuries," has been adopted as a huge sports anthem has been a pretty unexpected development, to say the least.  The song was ESPN's theme for its coverage of the college football playoffs, and it's also been used by the WWE, in addition to getting lots of play at various stadiums around the country.

"I’m personally very surprised by the way it’s been received in the sports community," Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump tells ABC News Radio. "I don’t know enough about sports to write a song for it!"

Patrick says he's also surprised at how the song seems to take on a whole new meaning when it's played to accompany sporting events.

"It’s been pretty amazing to see, " he tells ABC News Radio. "There’s a weird feeling when you hear the song in a stadium. When I sang the anthem at Soldier Field and then they play it, it sounds completely different. It feels completely different than my understanding of it from playing it on stage."

"I don’t know, it’s cool. It adds another layer of appreciation to it," he says, laughing, "Yeah, you couldn’t plan it that way!"

In fact, Patrick says if he'd attempted to write a song just for use at sporting events -- or for any other use, really -- he would have failed.

"I feel like any time you try and write for a specific purpose, those are the songs that fall flat, you know," he explains. 

By design or not, "Centuries" has turned out to fit the sports theme so perfectly that it's actually gotten Fall Out Boy booked to perform at a number of high-profile sports-themed events.  On Sunday, they played during the NHL All-Star game, and they'll also play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops concert, ahead of Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona.

"Centuries" appears on Fall Out Boy's new album American Beauty/American Psycho, which is on target to debut at #1 this week.

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Report: Adele Plans World Tour for 2016

Cliff Lipson/CBSNow that there's a possibility that Adele's long-awaited new album may be pushed to next year, the same may be true for her tour, but she is planning one, according to a new report.

The British paper the Mirror says that the Grammy-winner will kick off her first full world tour in 2016, after she releases her album, and she's already arranging to have someone look after her son Angelo so she can be free to do it.  She'll travel with not one but two nannies, according to the paper.

"Adele took time off to be a mum and she loves it – but now Angelo is a bit older, she’s ready to get back out there. This will be a proper world tour, to all corners of the globe," an insider told the paper.  "But it's important Angelo goes ­everywhere with her, so her priority was to have a nanny ­situation where he could do that. She is satisfied that is the case so is putting plans in place."

Adele has previously toured the U.S. and Europe, but this world tour will also include Australia and Asia, the paper claims.  In 2011, she was forced to cancel her remaining dates of her North American tour because she had to undergo surgery on her vocal cords.

The singer is believed to be recording her new album in L.A., though there are also reports that she's recording the theme for the new James Bond film, Spectre, as well.

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Selena Gomez and Zedd Get "Cozy" While Partying with Zac Efron

ABC/Donna Svennevik; ABC/Fred LeeSelena Gomez and her rumored boyfriend, music producer and DJ, Zedd, were spotted last week dining together in Atlanta with a group of friends that included Zac Efron, a source tells People magazine.

The group, which also included some of Gomez' backup dancers, partied late into the night at her favorite steakhouse, STK. Efron was accompanied by a blonde woman, who may have been his girlfriend, model Sami Miró, according the insider.

The source also tells the magazine that Gomez, 22, and Zedd, 25, looked "pretty close."

"Selena and Zedd were definitely cozy and cuddling," according to the eyewitness, who adds, "They were sitting next to each other in the booth and they walked out together."

The two first sparked dating rumors when they were photographed leaving a Golden Globes party together a couple of weeks ago.

Gomez and Efron are both shooting movies in Atlanta. Gomez is filming The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving while Zac is working on Dirty Grandpa.

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Hozier Says Success Has Been "Incredibly Stressful," Plans to Swap Pizza for Hummus on Upcoming Tour

Credit: Alex LakeMost artists would do anything to have a top five, Grammy-nominated hit, not to mention critical acclaim, but Irish singer Hozier says that his ascent to the top, courtesy of his smash hit "Take Me to Church," has been very difficult to deal with.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the singer, whose birth name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says all his recent success has been "incredibly stressful," adding, "I was not ready for it. Straight up, I had never been on TV, not really, and then one of my first times, I'm doing the David Letterman show and I'm freaking [awful]."

While Hozier says he can handle the fame a bit better now, it still freaks him out a little. "It's as surreal as you think it would be," he says. "It's the difference of a few months and then boom, you're sitting on a couch with Meryl Streep and James McAvoy."

Next month, Hozier is up for a Grammy for Song of the Year, for "Take Me to Church," and his competition includes hits by the likes of Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Sia.  But he says even if he does win, truly, just being nominated is reward enough.  "It's like, 'Whoa! They can't take that back,'" he laughs. "Grammy-nominated artist forever, regardless of what happens."

Hozier will kick off a North American tour February 6, two days before the Grammys, and he says he plans to "tour better" in 2015 than he did in 2014.  What does that mean?  Well, it partly involves not eating so much junk food on the road.

"It's usually horrendous," he tells EW. "Either pizza or a burger from a truck stop.  But this year, we'll be decking the bus out with hummus."

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Lady Gaga and Pals Pole Dance During Weekend Bachelorette Party

ABC/Matt BrownLady Gaga's busy life didn't keep her from getting wild with her old high school friends at a bachelorette party this past weekend.

The girl bash began Friday when Gaga posted an Instagram photo of herself dressed to the nines, along with the caption, "GIRLS NIGHT GET THE WINE!! BACHELORETTE WEEKEND MY BESTIES GETTIN HITCHED."

The next day, Gaga and her girlfriends from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in New York took a pole dancing class. In a video posted to her Instagram page, Gaga's seen showing off some moves, while wearing just a black sports bra and shorts. "Bachelorette weekend hungover pole dancing class! Somebody get that Popstar a hairbrush!" she writes.

A second clip, captioned, "I can't even believe my best friend and I thought this would be a good idea at 10:45 in the morning after a night none of us can remember," shows more of the group in action.

Afterwards, Gaga posed with the girls for a group shot. "Ari's Bachelorette Weekend! We love our girl so much we will be getting her drunk for the next 48 hrs. #catholicschoolgirlsdoitbest," she captioned the shot.

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Fall Out Boy and O.A.R. Playing Sunday's NHL All-Star Game

Images Courtesy of Crush Management; Josh GolemanThe NHL is hoping that you'll remember the league's all-star festivities for "centuries." That must be why they recruited Fall Out Boy to play during the first intermission of this Sunday's NHL All-Star game.

"Centuries," the anthemic hit single from FOB's new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, has become a sports anthem, thanks in part to ESPN using the track as the soundtrack to their coverage of the college football playoffs. In addition to the NHL All-Star game, FOB will  play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops ahead of Super Bowl 49, happening February 1 in Glendale, Arizona.

O.A.R. will also play the NHL All-Star game -- the band will take the icy stage during the game's second intermission. As the game will take place in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the performance will be a hometown show for O.A.R., as the band was formed during while the members were students at Ohio State University.

The NHL All-Star Game will take place January 25 and will air at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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"EW" Predicts Sam Smith Will Be King of the Grammys

Image Group LA/ABCWho'll be taking home the gold on Grammy Night, February 8?  According to Entertainment Weekly, Sam Smith has three of the top four categories all locked up.

EW predicts that Sam, who's up for six Grammys in all this year, will win Album of the Year for his debut, In the Lonely Hour, and will also take home the trophy for Best New Artist.  In addition, the mag says Sam will win Record of the Year for "Stay with Me."  The only top category he'll miss out on, the magazine claims, is Song of the Year, which Taylor Swift will win for "Shake It Off."

The magazine also predicts that one category Sam will lose is Best Pop Vocal Album, which will go, it says, to Katy Perry's PRISM.

Now, those are the magazine's predictions for who will win.  As for who should win, that's a different story.  EW says Beyonce deserves to take home Album of the Year for her self-titled "surprise" album; Sia should win Record of the Year for "Chandelier," and Hozier should win Song of the Year for "Take Me to Church."

EW also polled three industry professionals anonymously -- a top songwriter, a hitmaking producer and an artist -- to ask who they're voting for this year.  None of them agree across the board in any of the top four categories, though all three admit that they're voting for Sam Smith at least once, in at least one of the top categories.

The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.

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Rihanna Releases New Song with Paul McCartney and Kanye West

Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Kanye West and Paul McCartney teamed up to release a new single called "Only One."  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released -- with Rihanna added to the mix.

The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called "FourFiveSeconds," and you can hear it at Rihanna's official website and via iTunes now.

Rihanna described the song on Twitter as "FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!" The singer hasn't released a new album since 2012'S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.

"Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'/And we got three more days 'til Friday," Rihanna sings.  "I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin'/I swear I wish somebody would try me/ Ooh, that's all I want/And I know that you're home tonight, thinkin' how could I be so selfish/but you called 'bout a thousand times wondering where I've been." 

Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.

No word on when Rihanna's new album will actually be released.

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Taylor Swift Breaks the Showing Her Belly Button

ABC/Lou RoccoLast year, Taylor Swift made headlines by telling Lucky magazine that she prefers high-waisted bathing suits and trousers because, quote, "I don’t like showing my belly button...I want that to be a mystery."  Well, now the mystery has been revealed, and people can't stop talking about it.

Taylor is in Hawaii with the three sisters from the Grammy-nominated band HAIM, and on her Instagram, she posted a photo captioned, "Greetings from Maui," which showed all four women posing in bathing suits.  Notably, Taylor was wearing a somewhat skimpy bikini that clearly showed her belly button -- it's an "innie," by the way.  Predictably, fans went crazy, reposting the photo and commenting on Taylor's big reveal.

"That moment when you die bc of taylor swift's belly button," tweeted one fan.  Another tweeted, "omg @taylorswift13 finally revealed her belly button #nomoremystery."

Perhaps in reaction to the commotion, Taylor later posted a photo of herself wearing one of her usual retro-style one-piece suits.  She captioned the photo, "She's always wearing, like, a 1950's bathing suit."  That's a reference to the Saturday Night Live parody ad from last year, "Swiftamine," about a medication for adults who get dizzy and disoriented when they realize they like Taylor Swift's music. 

In the parody, a doctor is shown explaining, "Taylor Swift onset vertigo occurs when one of her songs forces your brain to fight your ears. Your frontal lobe says, 'Oof. Taylor Swift. She's always wearing, like, a 1950's-style bathing suit.'  But your ears say, 'Shut up. This is a perfect song.'" 

Taylor later said in an interview that she loved that line the best.

It's worth noting that Taylor has shown her belly button before.  In 2012, she was photographed emerging from the ocean in a black-and-white bikini, and her belly button was on display for all to see.  That's why it was odd that she told Lucky in November, "As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button."

While in Hawaii, Taylor did other things besides showing her belly button, by the way: she went whale watching and hiking as well.

Greetings from Maui! @haimtheband

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Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Beyonce Nominated for "Shorty Awards" Honoring Social Media

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift, Lorde, Demi Lovato and Beyonce are among the finalists for this year’s 7th Annual Shorty Awards, which honor the best social media content on the web.

A nominating board of journalists chose three finalists for each category, and fans have a chance to vote for four additional finalists via Twitter. Taylor, Demi and Beyonce are the board’s top picks in the Singer category, while Lorde and Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer are featured in the Musician category.

In the Band category, One Direction and Bastille made it to the finals. They’re joined in the category by HAIM, the Grammy-nominated sister group who is friendly with Taylor Swift.

When the Shortys began in 2008, only Twitter users were recognized, but the awards have since expanded to include other social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Vine, YouTube and Tumblr. Nominees span categories from Music to TV to Fashion to Art.

Twitter users can nominate their picks for finalists until February 19. Winners are selected by members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, which includes Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, actor Adam Scott, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, TV host Nick Cannon and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Last year’s winners included Fifth Harmony in the Band category and Questlove in both the Singer and Music categories. The 7th Annual Shorty Awards ceremony will be held in April in New York City, and will be live streamed internationally.

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